We have at last turned the corner, entering another year that has a spring and a summer and all that brings, so I thought it was a good time to update all on what I have been doing on the website during this off season.
The first and most obvious point to make is the butterflies and moths that have been photographed all have a fully written species page, which sounds wonderful until you realize how many are to go, possibly a couple of thousand.
Earlier in the season I made comment regarding the taxonomy on some species pages not matching the families they were placed in.
I had heard early in 2013 that taxonomy changes were going to be made and when you are writing species pages it nice not to have to update them twice, albeit that is normally what happens.
I searched the web and found http://www.faunaeur.org/index.php or The FAUNA EUROPA project as it is known and after reading about this European Commission funded organization decided to follow their taxonomy listings to which I am extremely grateful.
With the release of the book “Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles, David J.L.Agassiz,Stella D.Beavan and Robert J Heckford by the Royal Enomological Society 2013 I have been able to finalise the indexes using the species numbering system in the book to which I am also very grateful.
This means on the top left of every species page is a series of species numbers thus :-
Species number as specified in the book "Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles" David.J.L Agissiz,Stella D. Beavan and Robert J.Heckford. released by the Royal Entomological Society 2013
Label list numbers as shown on species page (see left side of above button) are as specified in the book "A Recorders Log Book or Label List-British Butterfly and Moths" by J.D.Bradley & D.S.Fletcher 1979.
European numbers ( see right side of above button ) are as specified in the book "Lepidoptera of Europe : Distributional Checklist"
Edited by Ole Karsholtz & Jozef Razowski 1966 it includes all European Butterflies and Moths.
I have deleted the species numbers previously shown before the moth species names on the drop down menus in line with the butterfly drop-down menu.This means any webpage showing one of the moths with a number before the name will give you a 404 page meaning page does not exist.
ie 2250 Dark Brocade is now just Dark Brocade.
Home page changes
The home page has been updated with relevance's as to how and why I love doing this website today.
Firstly the initial species photos, which are changed on a regular basis, are hyperlinked, so a double click will take you to their species page and this has not changed.
Where it started
The second set of photos represent where the hobby first started with the sighting of a female Emperor Moth depositing ova, something I will never forget and as such will be changing these from time to time to show some of the habitat in Fleet, my birthplace.
The area I live in,namely Hart has been voted best place to live in the country for the third year on the trot something I knew many years ago.
Why it started
The second set of photos are just for butterflies & moths and their life cycles to show why I started this hobby,not least because of the beauty of the subjects.
Our beautiful countryside
The next sets of photographs are self-explanatory as they are the wonderful places in this country where you can find these beautiful insects, and a great deal more.
Larval food plants
If you are interested in butterflies or moths then inevitably somewhere down the line you will be interested in what the caterpillars eat and what the fully grown insect eats.
The beauty that is plants also interest me not least because these insects eat different plants wherever they are found in the world and this also interest me as I have no idea if this affects the insects themselves
I would also like to highlight the affect “Plants for a future” also has on this website.
Finally as I go about looking for these butterflies and moths I’m sure to bump into other wildlife and be tempted to take other “snaps” along the way.
As such I have decided to show a couple of shots at a time at the bottom of the page for general interest.
All photos will be updated regularly so as to spice up the interest and remember a double click on all photos will give you a larger picture to look at.
With the thought of all that is to come it is my favourite time of the year due to the anticipation of what will be.
Tomorrow night with a minimum temperature of 5c forecast and no rain, the moth trap gets unwrapped and given a summary airing.
Whatever you do this year I hope its exciting, plenty of insects, possibly new ones, to record to your local Butterfly Conservation branch and that we have a summer like last year.
As a person who is lucky enough to live in an area where trees grow faster than weeds I have deep concerns regarding recent reports about our ancient forests which of course means the trees and all that live within.
I don’t want to get involved in political issues as this is not what the website is about plus there are better people than me on the subject , furthermore I really do appreciate that people deserve to live somewhere but really hope that its not going to on top of our ancient forests.
The very best to you all